Kathryn J. Manning is a Founding Partner of DMG Advocates LLP. Kathryn has a broad civil litigation practice that includes large, complex commercial disputes. Her experience includes shareholder disputes, product liability matters, complex contract disputes, class actions, employment litigation, professional negligence and civil fraud proceedings. Her clients include individuals and local, national, andmulti-national businesses in a wide variety of sectors, including manufacturing, communications, marketing, transportation, automotive, telecommunications, technology and financial services.
Representing clients both in the Ontario courts and in commercial arbitration proceedings, Kathryn provides practical, strategic advice at every stage of a dispute, with a view to maximizing her clients’ business goals and achieving cost efficiencies. Kathryn leverages technology in all her files, including during documentary production and at examinations and hearings. She conducts hearings and examinations both virtually and by utilizing electronic data during in person attendances.
In addition to appearing before the Ontario courts at trial and in appeals, Kathryn has experience as counsel before an Ontario Coroner’s Inquest and in actions in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Kathryn has expertise in complex motion advocacy, including in obtaining, executing and enforcing Anton Piller and Mareva injunctions to preserve evidence and assets.
Prior to co-founding DMG Advocates LLP, Kathryn ran her own boutique litigation firm after practising for more than 15 years in the litigation departments of two of Canada’s leading national law firms. She also spent two years as Senior Legal Counsel at Canada’s foremost electronic discovery law firm where she provided legal advice to the firm’s clients relating to eDiscovery, Information Governance and privacy law. Kathryn brings an unique perspective to her commercial litigation practice, providing clients with effective, cost efficient strategic legal advice in civil disputes that leverages technology appropriate to each matter. Kathryn has provided expert evidence on discovery planning and eDiscovery principles in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Kathryn is the Chair of Working Group 7, Sedona Canada, part of the U.S.-based Sedona Conference, which developed The Sedona Canada Principles regarding e-Discovery that have been adopted by the Ontario courts and incorporated into the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure. Kathryn is Co-Chair of the E-Hearings Task Force, a bench and bar committee that develops best practices for remote hearings in Ontario. She is a member of the Ontario Civil Rules Committee and of the Superior Court of Justice Civil Working Group.
Kathryn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Lawyers Association, sits on the Ontario Bar Association’s Council as a representative for the Toronto region, and sits on the Policy Committee of the Canadian Bar Association.
Updated March 2022